Law and oil

The US is a litigious society. People, it seems, will sue at the drop of a hat. Sometimes, the twists and turns of the legal system border on the surreal.The oil and gas industry has ridden through many such swerves. Houston attorney Ron Welsh told OGJ about some of his past cases-some colorful, many costly, all interesting.Too good to be trueYears back, the city of Baytown, Tex., decided it would try to charge pipelines a usage fee for crossing under its streets. Since the statute of limitations doesn’t apply to governmental bodies, Baytown said it could go back in history to calculate the usage fees.In a test case, the city sued a pipeline for more than $1 billion. The precedent s...

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